When does a human life begin?

Six day old human embryo implanting

Six day old human embryo implanting (Photo credit: Rebecca-Lee)

The only independent and scientific way to define the beginning of the life of a human being is at conception, because that’s when the construction starts. There is no other natural cut-off point. Try as they will, breathing oxygen atmosphere directly instead of absorbing it through the placenta does not work in any way that is intrinsic to the “human organism” itself: Defining it as beginning at birth is a function of the external environment.

The heart beats at 4 weeks of conception. It grows rapidly in there.

To say it’s not “life” is ludicrous, because (1) the one cell has all the design necessary for the human adult including puberty, adolescence, and reproductions.

To say it’s not “human life” is ludicrous because it has 23 pairs of chromosomes, 50,000 from each parent, but in a unique new combination.

To say it’s not a “person” is to redefine “person”. To deny “personhood” to the baby, or to take brain waves, or breathing air, or location with respect to the womb, linguistic sophistication, all these are arbitrary, subjective judgments, and that includes this new outrage from . The courts can no more make a robot, or a chimp, or a corporation, into a real person any more than they can make a Jew or Gypsy into a non-person. Whether they abuse nature by treating them as such or not.

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2 Responses to “When does a human life begin?”

  1. BlogUnbound Says:

    “To say it’s not “life” is ludicrous, because (1) the one cell has all the design necessary for the human adult including puberty, adolescence, and reproductions.”

    Darn. Now I’ll have to stop cutting my toenails, since they have those cells, too.

  2. trutherator Says:

    No they don’t. The one cell fertilized egg has the machinery for the whole design, not your toenails.

    Your toenails are dead, by they way, they are not live cells.

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